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We are Nico and Marlies Wobben and in February 2008 we moved from the Netherlands to Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada! Nico is an RN at the General Hospital and I (Marlies) work from home, as an administrator at Canada Life and for my own web design business Feel The Fire. And we have 7 cats!
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Moose Mountain Provincial Park, Home

Wednesday we made it back to Saskatchewan for the last (warmer) days in Moose Mountain Provincial Park, just to relax before heading home. I got a bit homesick and kind of wanted to go home, but I also knew we’d still have a few nice sunny days at Kenosee Lake and we did. Nico fished a lot and came home with 9 perch one day! Best fish fry ever! Today we finally drove home. We look back at a fantastic vacation – not the wildlife we had hoped to see, but amazing rugged scenery and friendly people!

Birds Hill Provincial Park, MB

With a heavy heart we left the rugged scenery of Ontario behind. We are in Manitoba now, in Birds Hill Provincial Park, north of Winnipeg, for one night. Tomorrow we’ll get back to Saskatchewan to relax some more at Moose Mountain Provincial Park (Kenosee Lake) before we head home.

Birch Dale Lodge

When we left yesterday morning, the wind was gone, but we decided to go anyway. Again we had some hopes to see wildlife, being on this remote highway, but no such luck. Back on the Trans Canada Highway, we stopped for another fishing break at a rest area, then took a break in Dryden for lunch and to pick our next spot. We wanted to try another lodge in the area and went to the Birch Dale Lodge on Eagle Lake. We love the camp and the people we met here! Again no boating as it was raining part of the day, but we had some great food in their steakhouse and a lot of fun chatting with other guests and staff!

Atikokan Area, Clearwater West Lake

So we went west again, towards Atikokan this time, and again we were in awe of the rugged landscapes and endless lakes! Where else can you cast a line at a highway rest area?! From Atikokan we took highway 622 to Browns’ Clearwater West Lodge, which was pretty much in the middle of nowhere. A gorgeous beach site for two nights in “the Caribbean of the North”! Unfortunately it was too windy today to rent a boat, but we explored the grounds, Nico followed a nature trail to a secluded beach for fishing and we are going to have a fire on the beach this the evening. There are hardly any guests and we’re starting to crave some more company. Not sure yet where we’ll go tomorrow, but it’ll probably be in the Dryden-Kenora area.

Sleeping Giant Provincial Park

We just had a few fantastic days in a gorgeous spot! We left the peninsula this morning and are having breakfast in a diner by the highway, so we are “connected” again 🙂

The Sleeping Giant campground is on the shore of Marie Louise Lake and has an impressive view of the Sleeping Giant. We first picked a more remote waterfront site in the 200’s row past the rest of the campground. Luckily no bear visits, only a skunk! The next morning we switched to a pretty and less remote waterfront site for another two nights with even better views of the Sleeping Giant and steps down to the water! It wasn’t busy after Labour Day, but not lonely either. Just nice! A beautiful, tranquil spot to spend a few days relaxing, walking, fishing and visiting the Visitor Centre. As we had to drive to another site anyway, we took the opportunity to briefly visit Silver Islet just south of the park, an abandoned mining village (now cottages) on the shore of Lake Superior.

We left early this morning, hoping to see wildlife. No big game, but we did see turkey vultures up close. The weather forecast for the north shore of Lake Superior is bad, so instead of exploring that more, we are going west again in a bit, to the Atikokan area!

Thunder Bay

We stayed an extra day at the Kakabeka Falls as it rained on Monday and it didn’t make sense to drive anywhere in that. Good day to walk around on the campground a bit and do laundry! Today we left fairly early to go check out Thunder Bay a bit. We first drove to the Marina Park and it was quite cloudy and foggy. We also went into town a bit, but didn’t really find the right shopping streets. When we returned to the Marina Park, it was sunny and the Sleeping Giant across the bay was finally completely visible! We started to make our way around the bay to get to the Sibley peninsula and the Sleeping Giant Provincial Park and we’re now taking a break at the Terry Fox Memorial. There is a visitor centre and of course the impressive statue of Terry Fox, who started to run (with a prosthetic leg) across Canada to raise money for cancer research until his own cancer forced him to stop close to where this memorial is. As a bonus, there are even better views over the bay and the Sleeping Giant! As soon as we get to the peninsula, we’ll get out of cell range, so see you in a few days!

Kakabeka Falls

Yesterday the 3rd we drove from Aaron further east to the Kakabeka Falls, close to Thunder Bay, in about 4 hours. Not a lot of towns along the way, but we were in awe of the scenery! So rugged and way more mountainous than expected. We stopped for lunch near Uppsala. The Kakabeka Falls are 40 m high and quite impressive, unfortunately the campground is quite far away from them. On the other hand, the campground itself is also very pretty (but busy as it’s the September long weekend). We did bike to the falls and into town today, it was just hard to come back as you had to concur a steep hill! Nico did some fishing past the falls and came back with some pike 🙂

Aaron Provincial Park

We didn’t really like the site that we had booked, so in the morning we switched to a nicer one for another two nights. It’s a beautiful park with friendly people! We walked around, did some trails, Nico did some fishing and I even swam for a bit as it was hot!

Kenora

Soon we reached the Canadian shield and the scenery changed to trees, lakes and rocks. We had lunch in Falcon Lake (Whiteshell Provincial Park, Manitoba) and reached Ontario shortly after. We visited beautiful Kenora on the Lake Of The Woods – we wanted to spend more time there, but after a few hours we had to leave to make it to Aaron Provincial Park before dark!

Going East!

Going East! We meant to leave on Sunday, but had an emergency with Rider. A bladder stone obstructed the urinary tract, so Rider couldn’t pee and the bladder was very big. This is a painful and dangerous situation, so it had to be flushed back in and after the vacation we will probably have to have the stones surgically removed. Yesterday he was still stoned from the morphine, but okay to travel! We took a break at the A&W in Melville and after noon we arrived in Angusville to visit friends Dries and Anneke. We had fun catching up and the guys went fishing! This morning we left their beautiful acreage to continue our journey east. We didn’t go very far, about four hours further east to the KOA campground west of Winnipeg. Decent campground, good showers and snackbar, nice people, just noisy as it’s right on the 1, which was to be expected. It’ll do for the night!